As we approach the end of January we get a chance to reflect on just how we are doing and we ask ourselves did your new year’s resolve dissolve?
As the new year’s clock strikes the final gong of midnight we are often motivated to make changes towards new goals. We started the month with great intentions, so as we near the end of January, how are we doing?
The first couple of weeks are relatively easy for many as it’s new and exciting but as we head past week three, the excitement is wearing thin! In fact, research shows that in the US by the end of week two, 25% percent of people have already given up their resolution. So as you struggle to hold on to the waning pendulum of new habits, what can you do to keep it going?
Can you become the 75%?
Did you stay up late on New Year’s Eve to make sure that last year did actually leave us? If you did, were you disappointed that the new year was exactly the same as the day before?
While the year transitioned and gave the illusion of something new, apart from the date what else changed? You are the same person with the same set of skills and surrounded by the same people; nothing actually changed! So what can we do to make changes that last?
For most, the new year brings with it a sense of opportunity and a desire to make positive changes in habits and behaviours. The majority of these changes are usually focused around nutrition and weight, exercise and routine.
When it comes to habit formation and real change there is one concept which is important - success. Whether you want to change your posture, your desk setup or your entire life you want to avoid making changes that can’t be maintained. Smaller changes with achievable...